EACH YEAR, AT LEAST 1 BILLION LIVE POULTRY AND 37 MILLION LIVE CATTLE, PIGS, SHEEP, GOATS AND EQUINES ARE TRANSPORTED OVER LONG DISTANCES WITHIN THE EU AND TO THIRD COUNTRIES.
Their journey can last several days exposing animals to exhaustion, dehydration, injuries, disease, and even death. Not even the old, the weak, the newly born are spared. Worn-out animals, weakened by years of production in confinement, with brittle or broken bones. Young calves unweaned, forced to stand, for hours and days, in crowded trucks, unfed, unrested. All undergo the same ordeal.
The situation is even worse when animals are transported outside the EU, where journeys last hundreds of hours without interruption and animals face brutal treatment upon arrival.
A 5 year investigation (2010-2015) carried out by Eyes on Animals and TSB/AWF, demonstrated 70% of the truck inspected at the Bulgarian border, which is a notorious exit door from the EU, were breaching the EU Transport Regulation. Their teams have found animals starving, without water into a truck parked in direct sunlight for 24 hours, sheep waiting for 5 days before continuing their journey and standing on carcasses of lambs that were trampled to death.
They also systematically find animals in terrible suffering, shipped alive on old vessels not conceived to transport livestock from infrastructures. With no veterinarian officer on board, sick, injured and dead animals are only found after days in destination countries. Not once, not twice, but routinely their teams have been confronted with and evidenced these shocking realities.
We call for transport of meat instead on transport of live animals. Remaining live animal transportation must be limited to 8 hours for mammals and 4 hours for poultry.
LET YOUR VOICE COUNT. LET’S STOP LONG DISTANCE TRANSPORT OF LIVE ANIMALS.
In 2014, the three governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark sent the European Commission an official request for a revision of the EU Animal Transport Regulation (2005/1). Later, in 2015, Sweden joined this ministerial group calling upon the Commission to revise the Regulation. A revision would make the current provisions more enforceable by revising species-specific journey times and introducing stricter and more specific requirements for the quality of transport, as well as for the level of education of drivers and handlers.
This campaign calls upon the governments from the other EU Member States to support the ministerial request for a revision of the Transport Regulation. Read and send the letter HERE
More and more retailers are seizing market opportunities to drive change – and improvements – in the food chain. Consumers have great power to reward retailers that introduce policies for better animal welfare that go beyond the minimum requirements set by legislation.
In relation to transport, pioneer schemes exist that promote national or regional meat, and these should be supported. In general, the European Country of Origin Labelling requirement means that, if the country of origin is printed on the label, then the meat in the container will come from an animal that has been born, fattened and slaughtered in that country.
Some members of Eurogroup for Animals have their own certification schemes that promote good animal welfare:
As a result of this campaign, six EU Governments (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Belgium) have already called upon the European Commission to revise the European Transport Regulation. They are keen to see species-specific journey times and introducing stricter and more specific requirements for welfare during transport. With your help, this campaign seeks to ensure other EU governments support this legislative revision too. 700.000 EU Citizens have already signed the campaign, but we need more help to STOPTHETRUCKS now. Please send the letter to your Minister HERE.